The England Store
England flags, England badges, England cloth patches and more
Which material is best for a flag?
Flags come in a variety of different materials. We sell printed polyester, woven polyester and nylon flags.
Historically flags were made of cotton, silk, and even wool or canvas. These days however they are made of synthetic materials.
Synthetic materials such as polyester have the advantage of being easy to produce and hard wearing. There are three basic types:
The most popular flags on the market. Usually they will be 5' x 3' or 3' x 2' and will have two holes at one end for fixing.
They can differ slightly in quality but most are churned out by factories in the far east. During the last world cup a glut meant that some were selling for as little as 50p each. These tended to be of exceptionally low quality, our flags are all better quality and are double stitched for durability.
These flags are very light, they are suitable for indoors and for flagpoles where wind is at a premium. They flutter in slight breezes and can last a long time. But like all flags it pays to bring them in during especially bad weather.
our printed flags are £4.99
Nylon flags are very popular in the United States where they know a thing or two about flags.
Very tough, very hard wearing and often with a stitched design they are the best material for outside use. We currently have them in stock, all 5' x 3' and for £9.99. They are ideal for almost any use but especially outdoor use and are cheaper than the woven polyester variety.
So how long will
a flag last?
This is impossible to say. We use a printed flag on our flag pole, we replace
the flag every six months yet not two miles away is a house where they replace
their flag every week or so.
If a flag is in a moderately windy place on a smooth pole where it is away from banging into walls or other objects it should last a long time. Obviously for windy area we would recommend higher quality flags, or be prepared to change the printed ones regularly!
However you should follow these steps to ensure maximum wear.
1. take your flag down at night.
2. take it down during especially windy weather.
3. take it down during especially inclement weather. Remember no co lour is 100% co lour fast.
4. Wall mounted poles are great, but hitting against a wall will take it's toll. In addition makes sure the pole is smooth so that the flag will not catch or tear.
5. Remember when you hear a flag crack in the wind that is the sound of the end of it whipping around breaking the speed barrier!
Lastly change your flag often, nothing looks worse than a worn or shredded flag.